Action in the 2017 Nation Media Group-sponsored Golf Circuit resumed with the third leg being held at Nyali Golf and Country Club, Mombasa on 9th July 2017. The event came almost a month and half after the second leg at Nanyuki where Nyeri’s Wachira Keen carded a total of 39 points to emerge the overall winner.
The event attracted a record field of 172 players who included a strong contingent of golfers from Thika, Railway, and other various upcountry clubs, as well as a number of Nation Media Group led by NMG Group Human Resources Director, David Kiambi and Group Company Secretary, James Kinyua. The event was open to golfers from the entire Coast regional clubs of Nyali, Mombasa, Leisure Lodge, Vipingo and Malindi.
Veteran Nyali golfer Peter Bernard recovered from an early setback to eventually clinch the top prize during at the par 71 Nyali Golf and Country Club course. It was a sweet victory for the handicap 23 Bernard who was mourning the passing on of his father in the United Kingdom.
“With the death of my father, I was not so sure of playing golf, leave alone playing well but thanks to my team-mates who encouraged me,’’ said Bernard who scratched the par five-first hole after a poor driver and second shot.
WON ON COUNTBACK
He also started the back nine with a blank but parred the 11th, 15th, and the 18th for 20 points and a total of 38 points to beat Ken Mwige on countback. Like Bernard, Mwige had also carded 18 and 20 points. The handicap 15 Mwige made four pars at the front nine and three and a birdie at the back nine for the identical score. Finishing in third place with 37 points after beating Charles Odoo on countback was Charles Rob. But what an excellent day it was for lady golfer Susan Mwangi who produced the day’s best score of 41 points to claim the ladies prize.
Besides the golf tournament, NMG, which usually supports a number of CSR activities in the country, donated text books to Mwangala Primary School in Likoni on Friday 7th July. Through this CSR activity, Nation Media was also looking to also recruit schools in the Newspapers in Education (NiE) program which helps to improve reading skills in young children.
NMG also held the annual Vendors Sports Day concurrently at the Mombasa Sports Grounds. The event brought together vendors and distributors from South and North coast who participated in a variety of games, followed by lunch and dinner as they bonded with NMG teams from Nairobi and Mombasa.